Featured Digital Libraries

A complete collection of the Digital Libraries of the Week featured in AL Direct, American Libraries' weekly e-newsletter, since 2007. A new Digital Library…
More
·
336 Pins
 12y
an advertisement for the metropolitan storage and forwarding co, with two images of women's shoes
Compliments of the Metropolitan Storage and Forwarding Co.
Trade cards, also known as advertising cards, are small cards that businesses would distribute to clients and potential customers and are an early example of modern business cards. The Milwaukee Public Library Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room has a collection of over 500 trade cards that document Milwaukee’s business history from the Victorian era.
Images from the History of Medicine provides access to over 70,000 images in the collections of the History of Medicine Division of the US National Library of Medicine. The collection includes portraits, photographs, caricatures, genre scenes, posters, and graphic art illustrating the social and historical aspects of medicine dating from the 15th to the 21st centuries. The database assists users in finding and viewing visual material for private study, scholarship, and research. Caricature, Albert Einstein, Portraits, History, Art, Education, Medicine, Caricatures
Collections: Images from the History of Medicine (IHM) - Digital Collections - National Library of Medicine Search Results
Images from the History of Medicine provides access to over 70,000 images in the collections of the History of Medicine Division of the US National Library of Medicine. The collection includes portraits, photographs, caricatures, genre scenes, posters, and graphic art illustrating the social and historical aspects of medicine dating from the 15th to the 21st centuries. The database assists users in finding and viewing visual material for private study, scholarship, and research.
an old black and white photo of a woman on a boat
Chester Edwin Hanson
World War I Military Portraits, maintained by the Milwaukee (Wis.) Public Library, is comprised of more than 32,000 photographs, typewritten volumes, and service records. The items were compiled from collections of the American War Mothers Milwaukee County Chapter and the Milwaukee County Council of Defense. These items contain a wealth of genealogical information and provide a candid look into soldiers’ ideas and perceptions of the First World War.
an old map showing the location of south america
Charles Darwin’s Beagle Library is an electronic, full-text reconstruction of the nearly 400 books that accompanied the voyage of the Beagle (1831–1836), one of the most important scientific expeditions in history. The online Beagle library consists of over 195,000 pages containing more than 5,000 illustrations. The project is directed by John van Wyhe, who first proposed reconstructing the Beagle library in 2006 while editing the Beagle field notebooks. http://darwin-online.org.uk/
a painting of a woman pouring something out of a pot on top of a table
Johannes Vermeer-Collected Works of Nooteboom - All Rijksstudio's - Rijksstudio - Rijksmuseum
Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum offers a an extremely elegant, slick interface (Rijksstudio) to browse its vast collection, ranging through everything from Dutch Old Masters to 19th-century Japanese paintings. The grid-based system shows interactive, zoomable images of iconic paintings, furniture, and sculpture that can also be liked, saved, and shared on Facebook and Twitter. These range from Vermeer classics to Van Gogh self-portraits, flowers, and still-lifes.
an old black and white photo of people in the street
Galerie
The Association Images et Mémoires in Paris is a French-language site that offers a digital archive of postcards, as well as some photographs and engravings, from all over Africa, especially francophone countries, during the colonial era. Founded in 1995, the Association seeks to make these images accessible as cultural heritage. The images are grouped into categories of architecture, transportation, people, commerce and schools, agriculture, and group scenes.
black and white photograph of native american woman in front of rock formation with beaded necklace
Navajo woman, Monument Valley, 1969, 1969 - Finding Aids
The Princeton University Library Western Americana Collection consists of photographs of Indians of the Americas and views of the American West, including landscapes, cityscapes, and mining, railroad, and agricultural operations. Also included are views of towns in Mexico. The bulk of the photographs date from the 19th century.
black and white photograph of two men talking to each other in front of model airplanes
Recognition of the Japanese Zero Fighter : U.S. Army Air Forces, First Motion Picture Unit : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive
The Prelinger Archives was founded in 1983 by Rick Prelinger in New York City. Over the next 20 years, it grew into a collection of more than 60,000 advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur films. In 2002, the film collection was acquired by the Library of Congress. Some 2,800 key titles (now in the process of increasing to 5,000) are available through the Internet Archive.
an old black and white photo of men in uniforms holding a flag
Postcard, 'German War Flag captured at Samoa by New Zealand Expeditionary Force' | Collections Online
The Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa) has made 30,000 high-quality, high-resolution images available for free download from its Collections Online website as part of its commitment to providing open access licensing to images of the national collections. Some 14,000 images are available under a Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-ND, while 17,000 images are downloadable for any use at all. These images have no known copyright restrictions.
an old photo of a man holding something in his hand and wearing a headdress
RAAI - Ross Archive of African Images
Yale University’s James J. Ross Archive of African Images presents approximately 5,000 pictures of African art published before 1921. The archive aspires to include all the figurative African objects in books, periodicals, catalogs, newspapers, and other publications appearing in 1920 and earlier—the oldest dates to 1591. The archive does not include postcards or pamphlets of limited distribution, and focuses exclusively on figurative art.
an old black and white photo of four women looking at a book while sitting down
Chelm, 1934. Jewish students at the State Gymnasium.
The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research has created a digital library on Jewish Life in Poland that offers a variety of documents, videos (from film), audio clips in Yiddish, Polish, Hebrew, and Russian—all described in English. The writings range from poems, school essays, play manuscripts, sheet music, posters of political and cultural events, birth certificates, letters from Yiddish writers to publishers, posters of soccer matches, and organizational minutes.
a painting on display in a museum with a cat sitting on it's back
Fernand Léger | Woman with a Cat | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
On May 16, 2014, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that it has made 400,000 images of artworks in its collection available for free download, but the move comes with a major caveat: The images are only intended for noncommercial, scholarly use. The portal provides easy access to high-resolution images of hundreds of thousands of pieces in the Met’s collection that are believed to be in the public domain and free of copyright restrictions.
an old black and white photo of people standing in front of a road to goldfield sign
Southern Nevada: The Boomtown Years brings together a wide range of original source materials found in widely diverse collections, mostly housed in the University of Nevada Las Vegas Libraries Special Collections. The Nevada State Museum and Historical Society in Las Vegas and the Clark County Heritage Museum have also contributed collections for this project. The project contains more than 1,700 items. http://digital.library.unlv.edu/boomtown/collections.php
two hippos in the water with their mouths open and one has its mouth open
Digital Collections
The American Museum of Natural History’s Research Library has launched a Digital Special Collections Archive that includes at least 7,000 images that had previously only been accessible in person on the museum’s fourth floor in New York City. The museum hopes to eventually digitize up to one million images from the research library’s collection. The current set includes archival photographic images, art, memorabilia, and illustrations from its Rare Book Collection.
an old black and white drawing of two horses pulling a plow in the grass
The Indiana State Library has introduced an Indiana Digital Historic Newspapers platform to its Indiana Memory digital library. This collection contains 14,216 issues comprising 95,463 pages from some 30 Indiana newspapers from 1840 to 1922. The content is displayed in Veridian software, which allows registered users to correct OCR errors. The Indiana Memory site itself launched an improved web interface in late March. https://newspapers.library.in.gov/cgi-bin/indiana